There was no let-up in discoveries in the last few days of fieldwork.
'ah... c'est pas mal'
these kids wanted me to take a picture of them, and then they took a picture of me
Drawing sections prior to backfilling
Under the TTK mango tree
We returned very happy to Cotonou, where meetings, balancing the books and packing boxes easily filled two days. Particular high points of this season have been the continued interdisciplinarity, the recovery of a fuller range of material culture from Birnin Lafiya, the execution of 5.5 test pits upriver from there, a fruitful collaboration with the Direction du Patrimoine Culturel, a much better knowledge of site distribution thanks to surveys, an improved integration with the village elders and Niger colleagues, and the fact that we now have 3 Masters and 2 doctoral theses planned to come directly or indirectly from the project.
Another major aspect of our work has been planning the exhibition we’ll be holding next year.
Hornimann exhibition piece secured (almost)
Having completed the third and largest field season, we’re beginning to think of ‘what next..?’
For now, writing from Amsterdam airport with 390 kgs of pottery. Having been warned by the shipping agent about the unreliability of maritime schedules, we took all the finds for analysis with us. A particular thanks to airport staff in Cotonou who, from the Air France chef d’escale to the guy at X-rays, made the process of checking in 32 bags between the six of us more straightforward than you might expect.